Dogs have different roles to play. Some are there to be the acquaintance of their human counterpart. Some render services as military dogs. While this may be true to some pooches, there are also dogs whose purpose is to touch lives.
Lottie is one of these dogs. A Golden Retriever, Lottie is being trained to be a guide dog whose goal is to be of service to people with vision impairment. The young dog is one among the fully-funded pooches who are now undergoing training for this purpose alone.
Now with the People’s Postcode Lottery game players, Lottie is training hard and equipping herself with the skills needed for the job. She will then be deployed in Scotland to aid at least 170,000 residents with vision problems.
In 2025, the abovementioned number is expected to rise to 200,000 cases. This is why the center is training dogs like Lottie as early as now. For now, the shelter is doing its best to guide Lottie for this daunting task. Lottie is currently training in Edinburgh with other dogs.
In Edinburgh, Lottie is being toured around the city by the dog shelter’s staff to help the pooch be familiar with the environment. This way, she and the other dogs will develop their sense of smell, hearing, and sight.
The center likewise developed a curriculum for the dogs to learn the things they need to guide blind people. Under the classes offered by the center, dogs are taught techniques to sharpen their memory to remember commands they need in the future. When she turns a year older, Lottie will be delegated to Guide Dogs Training in Forfar for further tests.
If she passes the test, she is good to go as a service dog for the blind. Her task this time is to guide the blind person live an extraordinary life amid the latter’s blindness.
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